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Page Ten N/Warren Town and County News Thursday, October 14, 2010 OVIATT ELEMENTARY By Dr. Laura Sivadge Preschool-K Principal and Rodney Martinez lst-2nd Principal Getting Involved in Your Child's School Helping out at your child's school may seem too big a time commitment to even consider. However, study after study has shown that children whose parents are involved in their education do better in school. There are countless ways to help, both during school hours and on nights and weekends. Contact Oviatt, 981- 1005, to find the types of volunteer opportunities that are available. Then, sign up! If you're available during the day: A day at the office: We welcome parent volunteers to help within the main office. It's a great way to get some "face time" with the principal and office staff and helps the school out as well. Lunch helpers: Imagine the challenge of feeding 720+ of hungry, restless kids-every day. Volunteering as a lunch helper not only helps the school, it helps you get to see how the children (yours included) interact. Al- though lunchtime hours are easiest to handle for those who don't work days, some employers will allow you to take an extended lunch break for volunteer activities. Library: Abby Hanson (Teacher/Librarian) and DeAnne Gillette (Paraprofessional), welcome volunteers within the library who can help them shelve books, as- sist children in picking out materials and help gather materials for teachers. If you can take a day off: Road trip: Volunteer on field trips by helping super- vise small-group activities and keeping students on task making the trip a truly educational experience. Let your child's teacher know you're interested in volunteering as a chaperone. Special events: Teachers and principals need extra assistance when there's a special event planned, like a science fair, a guest speaker, or an arts performance. If you hear of an event coming up, contact the school to see if you can help. Nights and weekends: Help with fundraising: Making a fundraiser work takes a lot of time and a lot of volunteers. Whether you're an ace with bookkeeping, great at tracking orders, or you just have a big van that can be used to transport items, your help will make the drive succeed for your school and your child. Try tutoring: Sometimes, all it takes to keep a child going, academically, is the knowledge that someone is there for him or her and is willing to provide a bit of extra help. Contact Oviatt, 981-1005, to volunteer to tu- tor. Speak the language: If you have fluency in another language and would be willing to help bridge the com- munication gap between the school and a parent who doesn't understand English, let the school know. You could be a lifesaver for a family. Offer your talents: Can your job be featured at a school career day? Are you skilled with a hammer and willing to help construct a set for a school play? What- ever you've got to offer, chances are the school can find a way to use. Write a note to both the teacher and the principal letting them know what you can contribute. This is a win-win situation, not only do you and the school win, but most importantly, the children win! (NAPS)--For information about nutritious Eggland's Best eggs, delicious recipes and other healthy meal ideas, visit www.Egglands Best.com. *** Canola oil is great for iater- national cuisines due to its neutral taste, light texture and high heat tolerance. For recipes, go to the e-learning module he Professional Chef Discovers Canola Oil" at www'CIAPrChef'cem/canla and www.canolainfo.org. A great time to enjoy frozen food is during March National Frozen Food Month ....... when many stores feature special prices and promo- tions. One is the National Frozen & Refrigerated Foods Association's $10,000 Easy Home Meals Sweepstakes. To enter and for details and rules, visit www.EasyHome Meals.com. SUBSCRIBE TODAY! Send $18 check or money order for a one year subscription to PO Box 325, Norwalk, IA 50211 NMS Cross Country News Thursday, Sept. 30, the Norwalk Middle School Cross-Country team trav- eled to Perry to participate in an invitational meet. One hundred sixty-seven competed in the boys di- vision and 126 runners competed in the girls divi- sion. Norwalk runners ran very well and continued to improve their personal times. Perry Invitational " 'C_,irlaLReaul (126 Runners) Torie VanVelzen 15:14- 31st; Tisheena Huss 15:15- 32nd; Tiffany Huss 15:15- 33rd; Miki Schmidt 15:21- 34th; Katie Meinecke 15:37- 47th; Haley Larson 15:41- 49th; Taylor Chenoweth 16:50-73; Lauren Lehman 17:37-87th; Ashley Coughe - nower 18:55-109th; Ashley Williams 20:36-115; Torie Cox 20:59-1174 . (167 Runners) Cole Rice 13:19-6th; Kylar Desmond 13:48-22"d; Noah Daniels 13:51-24th; Baylee Steele 14:36-37th; Jake Floyd 15:11-60; Matt Taylor 15:16-61st; Cole Rickenberg 15:19-62"d; Duncan Burnett 15:39-70th; Michael Geistler 16:02- 82nd; Andy Sievers 16:03- 83rd; Layne LeQuatte 16:41-95th; Nathan Bratt 15:57-100th; Josh Patterson 18:16-113th; Taylor Bow- man 19:02-117% Norwalk Invitational Monday, Oct. 4, the Norwalk Middle School Cross-Country team hosted an invitational meet. Eleven teams com- peted in the middle school division. One hundred eighteen runners com- peted in the boys division and 113 runners competed in the girls division. The boys finished in seventh place in team score with Gilbert winning the boys division. The girls finished seventhalso with Grinnell winning the girls division. Norwalk Invitational 'GidsLReau (2-mile course) VanVelzen 14:54-19th; Tiffany Huss 15:16-31t; Meinecke 15:37-35th; Larson 15:41-41t; Tisheena Huss 16:27-45th; Schmidt 16:41-48th; Chenoweth 16:43-49t"; Lehman 17:07- 68th; Coughenower 18:00- 85th; COX 19:25-96th; Will- iams 19:58-102 "d. Boys' Results (2-mile course) Desmond 13:32-16'h; Riordan 13:43-24th; Rice 13:43-25th; Steele 14:13-36h; Taylor 14:40-44th; Ricken- berg 14:43-47th; Matt Rozendahl 14:49-49th; Burnett 14:53-57t"; Floyd 14:57-64th; Sievers 15:35- 77th; Bratt 16:08-85th; LeQuatte 16:09-86th; Geistler 16:23-89th; Patterson 16:45-98% LAKEWOOD ELEMENTARY By Jill Anderson, Principal Dave Oleson, Dean of Students There is a big push in education today to personalize education for our students. With this idea, students play a significant role in designing their own curriculum. This concept allows students to experience real world sce- narios while exploring new avenues of education. At Lakewood, we call this passion learning and this year have encouraged teachers to dig "out of their comfort zone" and let kids explore what their passion is to in- vestigate. Teachers will become advisors who guide stu- dents in educating themselves, tutor them and help manage their time and energy. The student learning is assessed on the basis of ac- tual work as demonstrated in portfolios, exhibitions, special projects, or performances rather than a test score. Examples our students have done were the very suc- cessful Soles 4 Souls Project and the Bears for Troops project. Another example, would be the Movie Maker projects on the monuments. When walking into the room, the students were actually not only helping each other, but their teacher in learning how to make the movie. The whole premise behind passion learning is to have the students work together to find a common project that they could all take pride in and then create a project to share with their classmates or school community. We believe this personalization will not only give stu- dents the opportunity to work in their passion areas, but will give them the experiences they need to be suc- cessful as they progress through school. It's fun to see students take on leadership roles and work together to create something they take great pride in. This person- alization and passion learning opportunities will con- tinue to be an emphasis at Lakewood. The fundraiser delivery was incorrectly listed as Oviatt last week. Delivery will be made at Lakewood Tuesday, Oct. 26. IMPORTANT DATES TO REMEMBER Oct. 20 12:05 Early Dismissal for Teacher Professional Development Oct. 21 Picture Make up Day Oct. 25-29 Red Ribbon Week Oct. 26 Fundraiser Delivery at Lakewood from 3-6 p.m. Oct. 28 Fifth grade band concert at 7 p.m. in Lakewood gym Nov. 4 12:05 Early Dismissal for Teacher Professional Development Nov. 9 Regular day, Conferences 5-8 Nov. 10 No school K-9, Conferences 10-8 Grades 10-12 Regular Day, Conferences 5-8 Nov. 11 No school K-9, Conferences 10-8 Nov. 12 No school K-12 Nov. 24 2 p.m. Early Dismissal for Thanksgiving Break Nov. 25-26 No school, Thanksgiving Break Dec. 1 Fourth grade vocal concert at Middle School, 7 p.m. Dec. 15 12:05 Early Dismissal for Teacher Professional Development Dec. 20-21 Snow make up days Dec. 20-31 Winter Break No School HEALTHY IDEAS (NAt)--"If you put issues of nutrition, physical activ- ity and tobacco in one bas- ket, that could account for as many as 50 to 60 percent of cancer deaths," said Dr. Andrew Salner of Hartford Hospital. Cancer prevention tips and other information can be found at www. hartfordhospital.org. A new Internet site devel- oped by The National Children's Cancer Society pro- vides a wealth of information to childhood cancer survivors on late effects of treatment. You can learn more at www. beyondthecure.org and (800) 5-FA_MILY. You can act now to help Haiti's H6pital Sacr6 Coeur with disaster relief efforts by contributing via credit card at www.crudem.org. Your boots may be made for walking, but your feet can still benefit from a podi- atrist's advice. You can get lots of shoe, boot and foot care tips from the American Podiatric Medical Association at www.apma.org. bbb Seize opportunity by the beard, for it is bald behind. -Bulgarian Proverb : . ".:: , The Appel Report By Staci Appel, State Senator Saving lives on Iowa roadways: Iowa traffic fa- talities dropped 9.7 per- cent in 2009 compared to 2008, according to new data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Fewer deaths on Iowa roads is good news-and it's a trend we want to continue. During the 2010 ses- sion, we approved two common-sense measures that will do just that. Ban- ning texting while driving and making sure kids are buckled up even when they're riding in the backseat. Both laws are aimed at saving lives and preventing serious inju- ries, No more texting while driving. Distracted driving can be deadly. In fact, more than 6,000 people nation- ally died last year in dis- tracted driving accidents. Here in Iowa, we've taken steps to curb that problem by cracking down on the use of electronic devices by drivers. All drivers are now pro- hibited from texting while driving. The law goes evei further for young drivers: teens with school, re- stricted, work or gradu- ated drivers licenses can- not use cell phones or any electronic entertainment device while driving. The new law went into effect on July 1. During the first year, law enforcement will be offering warnings and adults cannot be pulled over unless they've committed another of- fense. After the first year, drivers will be subject to a $100 fine. There are tougher penalties if some- one is killed or seriously injured. Keeping kids buckled up. Seatbelts save lives and prevent serious injuries. Studies show that using seatbelts in the backseat of a car is 44 percent effective in reducing fatalities. That figure jumps to 73 percent for SUVs and vans. During the 2010 ses- sion, we enhanced safety for young passengers on Iowa roads by requiring everybody under 18 to use a seatbelt, safety harness or child safety restraint, even when riding in the backseat of a vehicle. The law includes a "carpool exception" if there are not enough seatbelts in a ve- hicle for all passengers. Iowa's seatbelt laws al- ready require everybody, regardless of age, to buckle up when in the front seat. Traffic citations will be issued to anybody 14 and older who violates the seatbelt laws. Those con- victed face a fine of at least $127.50. :...